Graduate Certificate in Clinical Investigation Sciences

Degree Awarded: CERT
Unit: GH
Program Webpage:

Program Information


The Certificate in Clinical Investigation Sciences is offered by the School of Public Health and Information Sciences.  It requires completion of 15 credit hours.

The Certificate in Clinical Investigation Sciences provides individuals with skills required for a career in a clinical research setting. The curriculum integrates biostatistical and epidemiologic methods.  Students pursuing the Certificate take didactic courses while they engage in mentored and independent research that culminates in the preparation of a research paper.


The successful student is able to:

  • Address and discuss methods and issues of clinical epidemiology.
  • Identify important clinical research questions and state as testable hypotheses.
  • Apply the principles of data collection, monitoring, management and analysis within the context of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Analyze human subject issues and perform and disseminate clinical research.

It is expected that prior to graduation, students in the program have demonstrated these competencies by completing the curriculum, participating in a collaborative research project, and successfully writing the professional paper.


Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.  Applicants that have had research experience (e.g. research coordinator) or have completed a professional degree (e.g. DMD., DO, MD) are preferred.

Application requirements are submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies Office of Admissions and include:

  • Formal application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement: a one-page essay that discusses the student’s background and his or her long-term goals in clinical research
  • Application fee
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts of all postsecondary coursework
  • Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. This requirement may be waived for applicants that have a doctoral degree or who have four or more years of clinical research related experience.

For specific information about the degree program or the application process, students should contact Dr. Jack Barnette, Program Director, 502-852-8674 or Winton Reynolds, Program Coordinator, 502-852-1992.  The application for graduate programs at the University of Louisville can be found at:


The typical progression through the Certificate curriculum is:

  • Required Coursework (14 credit hours)
  • Complete research paper (1 credit hour)

Advisor/Program of Study

Upon matriculation in the program, each student will meet with the M.Sc. Program Coordinator and develop a program of study based on the selections of the Certificate program curriculum. The program of study may be modified as the student’s needs change or course availability is altered.

Certificate Requirements


14 credit hours of required coursework
1 credit hour of mentored research

Following are the Required Courses for the Certificate in Clinical Investigation Sciences:

Course #

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHST 500

Introduction to Biostatistics for Public Health I


PHST 501

Introduction to Biostatistics for Public Health II


PHST 614

Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology


PHST 624

Clinical Trials I


PHST 625

Clinical Trials II


PHST 631

Data Collection for Clinical Research


PHPH 699

Mentored Research


Total Credit Hours


If a student chooses to pursue the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation Sciences degree at any time after enrolling in or completing the Certificate program, then all coursework completed within the preceding five years with a grade of B or better may be applied towards the coursework for the M.Sc. in CIS degree.

PHPH-699 Mentored Research

Each student in the Certificate Program is required to prepare a research paper as part of the mentored research course. The research paper can be a literature review or a research project. Data collection is not required. The paper is to be submitted in completed form to the program coordinator at least two weeks before the end of the semester in which the candidate expects to graduate.


Jack Barnette

Program Director, MSc in CIS

Frank Groves

Associate Professor

Bakeerathan Gunaratnam

Assistant Professor

Doug Lorenz

Assistant Professor

W. Paul McKinney

Associate Dean for Research

Mark Rothstein